Against the backdrop of detection of a trans-border tunnel originating from Pakistan in the Samba sector, Director General (DG) of the Border Security Force (BSF) Rakesh Asthana on Friday praised BSF troops for their alertness, saying “it has foiled the cruel motives of counterpart”.
Asthana, who arrived at the Frontier Headquarters, Jammu, on his three-day-long visit of the international border, toured critical areas along the border and reviewed overall deployment of the BSF and its domination plan.
Official sources said the DG had all praise for the alertness of the troops deployed along the international border as they had also shot down an arms-laden Pakistan drone at Rathua village in the Hiranagar sector on June 20.
On August 28, the BSF had detected a 25-ft deep and 4-ft wide tunnel on the Indian side near border fencing in the Galar area of the Samba sector. Pakistan-made sand bags with marking of Karachi factories were also found at the mouth of the tunnel to hide it. The place of opening of the tunnel was around 170 metres from the IB on the Indian side in the field of a farmer.
According to official spokesperson, the DG visited areas of Pargwal and Akhnoor to take stock of situation on the first day of his visit.
He was accompanied by Addl DG (WC) SS Panwar, Inspector General (IG), BSF, Jammu Frontier, NS Jamwal and other officers. Jamwal briefed the DG about complexities of management of the Jammu border under the prevailing security scenario. Asthana, visited the critical areas of Chicken Neck stretch of the Akhnoor sector and held discussion with sector/unit commanders on the ground and reviewed security situation.
He also interacted with jawans and was full of praise for them for their dedication towards safeguarding the international borders.